Everyone seems to enjoy a good lawyer joke, and many people look for ways to address their legal needs without securing a lawyer’s service. Some issues, though, are far too important, and have the potential for too many serious and adverse consequences to take chances on. One such area is wills and estate planning. This is an area where “doing it yourself” such as using fill in the blank forms or templates can result in unintended consequences which cause hardship instead of benefit to family and heirs.
You’ve heard it before: think before you text, tweet, or post. With all of the social media marvels out there, people are communicating like never before. I’ll admit, I’m a millennial, and we millennials sure love to text, tweet, post, and blog. Documenting every thought, emotion, and life event, from the mundane to the magnificent, has become second nature to many.
Mediation can play a very important role in a child custody case. If you and your spouse have children and decide to separate, it will be important for you to come up with some form of co-parenting arrangement. When parents separate, simple tasks such as pick-up and drop-off from school, and running to and from extracurricular activities may become difficult to coordinate. Although these might seem like trivial issues, these are the types of things that can cause major hassles down the line. If you and your spouse are able to make suitable arrangements amongst yourselves, you may save yourself not only stress, but also expense.
Last month, we discussed one possible avenue for resolving the issues that arise when separating from your spouse: a contractual document often referred to as “Separation and Property Settlement Agreement.” As with any contract, the parties to a separation agreement must mutually agree to its terms. It may be the case that two spouses cannot even bear to sit in the same room with one another, let alone come together in mutual agreement.
Many people still imagine the separation process as an award-winning Hollywood drama, complete with a good guy, a villain, and a plot fit for the likes of reality television. Don’t get me wrong; these cases do exist! But more often than not, the story is not so salacious.